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Gale Bridge


Photo taken by Tony Dillon in June 2016


BH Photo #356431



Bridge was repaired around 2010 at which time some replicated plaques were installed on the endposts. Unfortunately, the information used was incorrect and the wrong builder and date were placed on it.


Pratt through truss bridge over Big Creek on Jinestown Road
Jefferson County, Indiana
Open to traffic with limited access
Built in 1897 by the Indiana Bridge Company
- Indiana Bridge Co. of Muncie, Indiana
Pinned Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 87.9 ft.
Total length: 90.9 ft.
Deck width: 15.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.6 ft.
Also called
Jinestown Road Bridge
JPG #2
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.88333, -85.45333   (decimal degrees)
38°52'60" N, 85°27'12" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/634151/4304966 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
San Jacinto
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory number
BH 16379 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2015)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 31.3 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • November 12, 2017: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • October 16, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Added builder
  • February 14, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: status unknown.


  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com


Gale Bridge
Posted December 3, 2012, by Jim Grey (mobilene [at] gmail [dot] com)

I've seen photos of a stone arch bridge somewhere inside JPG. It would probably make for a fabulous day of bridgehunting to just drive around in there.

Gale Bridge
Posted November 29, 2012, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I wondered what that earlier post about a proving ground meant. I guess that would add a little adventure to getting the bridge elevation views!

Gale Bridge
Posted November 29, 2012, by Don Morrison


I'm not sure which species you're hunting there, but it looks like bridge season is open too. There may be some interesting ones in the area. I see what looks to be an arch bridge at 38.885676,-85.413222 in Bing bird's eye view, just down- or up-stream from Gale Bridge.

Gale Bridge
Posted November 28, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Nathan... This land is the old Jefferson Proving Grounds that was used by the US Army for munitions testings from 1941 to 1995. The viewing of a video and signing a release is to relieve responsibility should you accidentally step on an shell that hadn't been detonated.

Gale Bridge
Posted November 28, 2012, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

As someone who grew up in Michigan in a rural location I find it amusing that you have to take a safety course to get permission to enter a woods. What's the course consist of? Don't eat the mushrooms? Leaves of three, let them be? This is all especially amusing if the only reason you are entering the area is to photo the bridge! We don't have any requirements like that for our Seney National Refuge in Michigan. Nor are there any bridges!

On a more serious note, I see this bridge is listed as owned by a federal agency. I assume that means that they cannot even touch the bridge without triggering Section 106? I wonder if Indiana's Bridge Management Plan applies to these federally owned bridges.

Gale Bridge
Posted November 28, 2012, by john (antiwheeze [at] excite [dot] com)

I hunt at Big Oaks and crossed this bridge SLOWLY on 11/10/2012.

Gale Bridge
Posted March 2, 2010, by J.P.

you can get access to these bridges but you have to attend a safety course at the grounds before they will allow you into the grounds.

Gale Bridge
Posted February 14, 2010, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] netscape [dot] net)

I believe the bridge can be seen in Google Earth. That image is dated Feb 7, 2005

Jinestown Road Bridge
Posted January 21, 2008, by Tom Hoffman (tehoffm [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This through and the nearby pony truss must be inside Jefferson Proving Grounds if they still exist. I'm not sure if the public would even have access to them.